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Labradoodle Pitbull Mix Breed Traits and Personality

The Labradoodle Pitbull mix is a designer dog that brings together amazing qualities and traits from several iconic breeds. The Labradoodle parent’s ancestry will be made up of intelligent, working bred Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles. The Pitbull parent will be a loyal, protective dog that could come from an American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or even Bull Terrier lines. These smart, brave, cute hybrid dogs go by many names, ranging from the Pitadoodle to Doodlepit, DoodlePittie, Labrapittie or Labrapit. They weigh anywhere from 20-60lbs, are very active and make great watchdogs. Today we’ll get to know the typical Labradoodle Pitbull mix breed traits, characteristics, behaviors and personality. We’ll help you to decide whether this cute cross is the right fit for your family and lifestyle.

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Regardless of what you choose to call your Labradoodle Pittie mix, you are in for a treat when you pick a well bred, well socialized and healthy puppy or rescue pup. This article gives you everything you need to have an amazing time welcoming your Doodle Pit to the family!

What is a Labradoodle Pitbull Mix?

The world of hybrid and crossbred dog mixes is getting more nuanced and complex daily. This is exciting in a way but can also be confusing, too! For example, you probably recognize several dog breeds in the name Labradoodle Pitbull mix. And in fact, the Labradoodle is no longer truly considered a newer or hybrid dog breed. This breed is well on its way to becoming its own standalone purebred dog breed.

The Labradoodle Pitbull mix dog will have influence from as many as five different purebred dog breeds. How many depends on whether the Labradoodle parent dog is an Australian Labradoodle or American Labradoodle.

Different Types of Labradoodle

Australian Labradoodle dogs can have genetic influence from as many as five different purebred dog breeds: the Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel (both English and American), Irish Water Spaniel and Curly Coated Retriever. In contrast, American Labradoodle puppies typically receive genetic influence from just two dog breeds: the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever.

As you can see, this can make determining precisely which important traits your Labradoodle Pitbull puppy will inherit slightly more complicated. But that is okay – we are going to help you sort all that out right now!

Labradoodle Pitbull Mix Size

Labradoodle dogs today are bred in three sizes: miniature, medium and standard. This means the Labradoodle parent dog could range in size (height) from 14 inches to 24 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 15 pounds to 65 pounds.

The Pitbull parent dog, on the other hand, might stand anywhere from 14 inches to 22 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 24 pounds to 75 pounds.

If your family includes babies or very young kids, you might consider choosing a miniature or medium Labrapit dog whose smaller size is less likely to create its own issues.

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Labradoodle Pitbull Coats and Colors

Labradoodle dogs can grow up to inherit three different coat types: hair, fleece or wool. The coat is generally single layer. Labradoodles can grow up to display a wide range of solid and parti-colored coats with unique markings and color patterns.

Labradoodle Pitbull Mix Grooming

Grooming can be an intensive daily process with Labradoodles, who can otherwise be prone to develop tangles and mats close to the skin.

All three associated pitbull dog breeds have a short, neat, flat coat that is typically single layer. And all three breeds can inherit a wide variety of solid and parti-colored coats with unique patterns and markings that are simple to brush and maintain.

The amount of grooming your new Labradoodle Pitbull will need will depend entirely on which coat type your new dog inherits – at the most, daily, and at the least, weekly.

Labradoodle Pitbull Mix Personality

Whenever you are considering adding a hybrid dog breed to your family, you may have questions about whether the dog’s personality and temperament is going to be a good fit with your existing family.

The Labradoodle is known to be a smart, friendly, highly trainable and people-centric dog who gets along well with family members of all ages. This holds true whether the Labradoodle hails from the American or Australian side of their lineage. These dogs are popular for service dog and therapy dog roles for these reasons and also because of their notably low-allergy coats.

Where things get slightly less clear is when we factor the pitbull into the mix. This is because there is no such breed as a “pit bull.” But there are several well known purebred dog breeds that are often grouped under the general umbrella of “pitbull,” including the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pitbull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

All three of these breeds are known to have a high energy level, a high chase and prey drive, incredible courage, high pain tolerance and a very strong need to bond with “their” people. Also, terriers in general typically make excellent guard dogs and watch dogs.

Are Labradoodle Pitbull Mixes Good with Kids?

There is no way to present a full picture of the Labradoodle Pitbull mix without addressing the elephant in the room – the reputation of the pitbull dog. As you now know, there is actually no such dog as a “pitbull,” per se. As well, the American Temperament Test (ATS) records that only the Labrador Retriever outranks the Pit Bull Terrier in the breed’s high marks for tolerance and overall affability.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means that a well bred, well trained and socialized and healthy Labradoodle Pitbull is likely to be an excellent family companion as well as guard dog. However, if your children are still very young, it is worth considering another potential safety factor – the dog’s size – before making the commitment.

Labradoodle Pitbull Mix Training and Exercise

Your Labradoodle Pitbull dog’s adult size will determine in part how much daily exercise your dog will require to stay happy and healthy. Labradoodle Pitbull dogs are affectionate and friendly but can also have strong guard dog instincts and will need early and ongoing training to manage these traits.

It is vital to learn as much as you can about the individual parent dogs and the breeder’s operation before making your commitment to a Labradoodle Pitbull puppy. You also want to be sure your puppy’s parents have passed all required breed-specific health tests.

Are Labradoodle Pitbull Mixes Good Pets?

They are good pets for the right homes, but they aren’t for everyone. A Labradoodle Pitbull mix is best suited to an adult home, with plenty of spare time for socialization and positive reinforcement training.

When you choose a healthy Labradoodle Pitbull puppy from a reputable breeder, you can look forward to enjoying the company of an energetic, friendly, loyal, brave and loving pet dog.

Are you considering adding a Labradoodle Pitbull mix dog to your family? Let us know in the comments below.

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References

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